(Closed) What if I hired 2 different photographers to break up the day?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You may have a hard time finding a pro photographer willing to do that. a) most have an exclusivity clause saying they’re the only pro photographer hired to cover the day and b) a photographer can’t really use just getting ready pictures or just some other chunk of the day in their portfolio anc c) they would likely have some other inquiry for a full wedding day on a popular date like yours so there isn’t much incentive to take a really low paying job or one that’s going to prevent them from booking a full wedding.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It sounds like an okay idea in theory, but you need to be careful and make sure it doesn’t violate the photog’s contracts. My photography contract has the following line in it:

“It is understood that the studio is the exclusive official photographer retained to perform the photographic services requested on this contract.”

Which makes it sound to me that they are avoiding having you book more than one photographer. Though it may be intended to prevent 2 photographers from working at the same time (which makes sense) but it’s a little ambiguous, the whole “exclusive” photographer thing. My thoughts would be that if they have something like this in the contract, they probably wouldn’t be pleased if they found out you hired someone else for earlier in the day. Which I guess you could keep a secret, but just sounds like it is asking for trouble!

My other thought is would it actually be cheaper? You’ll have to crunch the numbers to be sure, but I feel like most photograthers only charge ~$100 oper extra hour, so if you figure you probably only need to have them there for 1-2 hours of getting ready pictures, can you find someone else to come out and shoot that time for less? I wouldn’t think so, but am not sure.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Is there a college or art school near you? If so, try posting an ad through their photography department. Maybe you could get a student to shoot your entire wedding. Often they are just as good as the pros, but haven’t had a chance to build their portfolio yet.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I just don’t see how that would be economical or that a good photographer would be free on a Saturday.  Why don’t you just pay for th extra hours?  My photographers package came with five hours.  I added an additional three hours plus a second shooter and she still came in under my budget.  If I had to hire a completely different photographer, I would probably have to pay more overall.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Why don’t you just ask your photographer they would be willing to split up their day?  Take photos of you getting ready and then come back for the ceremony.

Personally, I am getting ready in the afternoon, taking my photos before my ceremony and going straight to my reception, so I plan to have my photographer taking photos the entire time.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just had my sisters/SIL take pictures as we were getting ready.  My photographer only showed up for the last 30 minutes, maybe, whilc I was putting on my dress and shoes and doing last minute touches.  I got a bunch of pictures from the salon (albeit not professional ones) and a few great pictures of the final moments of getting ready.  Could you do something like that?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BeeM: My photographer had a clause like this in her contract. I am not to hire anyone else for any photo purposes for the entire day. I do not believe this extends to a photobooth, but that is the only exception. I can understand the reasoning behind it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

The exclusive photographer clause pertains to the contracted time of the photographer.  You are free to hire more than one for different times as long as they don’t overlap.

No pro is going to agree to  “split up the day” and go home and not get paid for that in between time.  They may agree to a reduced rate for that time though, see what you can negotiate.

EASY SOLUTION

Find a portrait and lifestyle (not a wedding) photographer in your area for the prep.  They typically offer 1-2 hr sessions that are reasonable.  They will probably do a much better job anyway than a wedding photographer because they do more retouching.   Then have your wedding photographer just cover the real EVENT afterwards.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@USER876: And the images won’t have any editing or stylistic continuity . . . and the photographers might have different terms as far as printing/albums. One photographer certainly isn’t going to want to put an album together with another photographer’s photos in it as well . . .

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@BeeM:  That is all true, but I am assuming the original poster will be doing a DIY album.  She can try and select photographer with similar styles, I don’t think this will be much of an issue as they are separate parts of the day, and the prep will be mostly indoors.

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